KONDO Jo

(COMPOSER)

Born in Tokyo in 1947, Jo Kondo graduated from the composition department of
Tokyo University of Arts in 1972. He spent a year in New York on a scholarship
from the John D. Rockefeller III Fund in 1977-78. In 1979 he taught as guest
lecturer at University of Victoria, British Columbia, invited by the Canada
Council, and in 1986 resided in London as a British Council Senior Fellow.
In 1987 he was a composer in residence at Harrt School of Music, Hartford,
Connecticut, USA and taught at Dartington International Summer School in England.
At present he is Professor of Music at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo and also
teaches at Tokyo University of Arts and Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima.
In 1980 Kondo founded the Musica Practica Ensemble, a chamber orchestra devoted
to contemporary music and was artistic director of the group until its disbandment
in 1991.
He has written more than 130 compositions, ranging from solo pieces to orchestral
and electronic works, which have been widely performed in Japan, North America
and Europe and recorded on Hat Art, ALM, Fontec, Deutsche Grammophon and other
labels.
He has received commissions from numerous organizations, and his music has been
featured at many international music festivals. Performers associated with his
music include the conductor Tadaaki Otaka, the pianist Aki Takahashi, the Ives
and Nieuw Ensembles in the Netherlands, the London Sinfonietta and many others.
Kondo has written extensively on musical matters and since 1979 he has published
four books spelling out in detail his own aesthetic and compositional ideas.
He is also an associate editor of Contemporary Music Review. During 2000 he directed
the composition classes at the Dartington International School of Music and was
on the jury of the Gaudeamus International Composer’s competition and was a featured
composer at the 2005 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
■“Musician’s Ear” Training(Shunjusha Publishing Company)
■“Shrub” “Trio Accanto, So Near So Far” ( Edition Zeiktlang (Germany) EZ 31029 ) 、performed by: Trio Accanto
■“Hypsotony”, “Fern”, “Mr. Bloomfield, his spacing” ( “Canons + Hoquets” CQB0704 ) 、ensemble: Quatuor Bozzini
■“Jo Kondo: Mulberry, In the Woods, In Summer, Under the Umbrella” ( CP2[USA], CP2-123 )
■Jo Kondo collection: “In Summer” ( ALM, ALCD-74 ) 、cond: Paul Zukofsky, orchestra: Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra & Nexus
■“High Window” Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm(Germany) - “Asia Piano Avangarde, Japan Vol.1” ( MDG 613 1385-2 ) 、player: Steffen Schleiermacher
■“Novitas Mundi” ( ALM, ALCD69 ) 、org: Noriko Yasuda
■“The Art of Paul Zukofsky” ( Victor NCS-557~8 )
“Retard” for solo violin
■ 「”Surface and Depth and color” Jo Kondo Works 」 ( ALM RECORDS  ALCD-93 )
「Soma diameter」、「empty empty」、「blue winter」、「Yarrow」、「Karaminsa」、「Darling-ton air painting」、「color Depth-7 surface」 、Cond:Norio Sato/Orch:Ensemble Nomad
■ “The Shape Follows Its Shadow” (Version for solo piano)


■ WORKS ■

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<Chamber music>

■“Three Songs Tennyson Sung“ for soprano and 7 instruments
COMMISSION BY Birmingham Contemporary Music Group


■「Causes and Effects」―A Trio for Ondes Martenot, Viola and Guitar
COMMISSION BY Motoko Ohya


<Instrumental music>

■Tennyson Songbook


■One and a Half Preludes
COMMISSION BY Carson Cooman (USA)


■「Caccia Soave」 for piano


■「Gamut」for piano
COMPOSED IN:2013

<Voice(s)>

■“Motet Under the Rose” for 12 voices
COMPOSED IN:2011/9
PREMIERE:2011/9/12
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan / Tokyo
Vox Humana 25th Regular Concert
■Hana-tatibana (3 Contrapuntal Songs and 2 Interludes)
COMMISSION BY Teion Duo
COMPOSED IN:2013/1
PREMIERE:2013/3/18
Suginami Koukaidou Small Hall
Teion Duo the 5th
Teion Duo (B:Takashi Matsudaira / tub:Shinya Hashimoto)


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